We often receive cases in the lab where a crown needs to be fabricated under an existing partial. Next comes the question,
'What's the best way to get there?' Well, there are 3 main ways - the choice is yours!
We've made a video to assist in easy and accurate crown under partial results. Check it out!
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The video shows our 3 main techniques and when we feel each one would be best selected. After watching it, should you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us!  
Happy indexing! 

- Till Next Time - Team Drake

Plan your Smile with Diagnostic Wax Ups by Drake Dental Laboratory

YOU SHOULD WAX!Diagnostic Wax Ups are a great way to treatment plan full mouth, full arch, or several unit spans for you and your patient. 

Before the commitment is made, why not have a visual aide?

The wax up can be canted, lengthened, changed, and discussed until it is clinically and aesthetically ready to be made into a permanent restoration. The Wax Ups serve as a blueprint, and a patient-dentist-lab communication - all of this provides confidence and assurance in the final investment.

One of our talented technicians let us video his process. Not only do we get a sneak peek at his talent, be we get to see the before model and the after mock-up!

From Janitor to Owner; Advice from Billy Drake

Billy Drake, CDT, started in the lab industry as a janitor. Before that, he was a worm farmer!  He was determined to learn a  dental trade.  As it turns out, he had natural skills at the bench. Billy delivered cases, managed a department, and eventually bought the lab! He worked his way up to his current 30,000 square foot building, and uses it to extend those same circumstances of growth and opportunity to others.

What does Mr. Drake say about his business model that can transcend the lab industry? Check out the video above or LISTEN HERE  >
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Polishing and Adjusting Valplast Chairside

We recently sent out an E-Blast to address one of the FAQ we get at the lab: "How do we adjust and polish Valplast partials chairside?" It was a hit! Sign up with AEGIS DENTAL NETWORK to get our weekly reads!
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Do you do any of it differently? Want to know where to get the kit? Contact us 

As always, thanks for stopping by! - Drake Precision Dental Laboratories

A call to get back to "good-old-fashioned" lab work

A call to get back to "good-old-fashioned" lab work.
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Interesting read!
The call from the author (Paul Feuerstein, DMD) is to "step back" from running to digital, and improve your basic skills.

I believe that a solid analog foundation can be enhanced by digital - the 2 can live harmoniously...for now.

After reading, thoughts on either side of this?

Are PFMs Dead?

If you don't know the exact number off-hand, about what percentage of your fixed business would you guess is PFM work?  And how does this number compare to 10 years ago? 
Whether you're a dental lab or a dental practice, everyone knows that not all restorations are created equal. But to answer the initial question, I don't think it's fair to say that PFMs are completely dead. 
Like anything else, the constant development and involvement of science, information, and material has advanced dentistry.  With PFMs it appears that a stack-able bilayered restoration with a sometimes bulky margin has been improved upon by the development of 2 monolithic options - zirconia and all other ceramic options.
In a 2013 survey conducted by Lab Management Today, 40% of respondents reported a decline in PFM fabrications, although fewer than 10 years earlier, respondents noted that nearly 85% of all crown and bridge work completed was metal-based. Perhaps directly related, 60% of these same …